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. he was the first obama administration official to publicly confirm drone attacks overseas and to defend their legalities. war on expected nominations of chuck hagel and john brennan after the headlines. the obama administration reportedly is considering keeping a residual force between three and 9000 troops in afghanistan after the formal withdrawal date of 2014. the wall street journal cited the new figures after previous reports suggested the u.s. is mulling a troop deployment of up to 20,000. bahrain top court has upheld the convictions of 13 opposition leaders on allegations of plotting to overthrow the u.s.- backed regime. the activists were sentenced by military court in 2011, eight of them to live behind bars after leading massive protests against bahrain's sunni monarchy. today's ruling marks the end of their legal options after an appeals court upheld the convictions in september. another seven activists were also convicted in the initial case, but did not file appeals because they were tried in absentia. soon president bashar al-assad is vowing to continue his go
for his role in the obama administration's drone warfare overseas. in his remarks at the time, brennan had said there was not a single collateral death in the previous year of drone attacks. his letter qualified his remarks by saying he had no information to the at the time. it has been revealed the u.s. a massacre at the time convict pakistani concerns directly to the highest levels of the obama white house. the concern centered around a march 2011 strike that killed 42 pakistani, most of them civilians. vice-president joe biden met with gun control advocates at the white house on wednesday as part of his task force on tackling gun violence in the united states. in a welcome message to his guests, biden vowed president obama would take meaningful action through executive order if need be. >> we are here today to deal with the problem that requires immediate action, urgent action. the president and i are determined to take action. this is not an exercise in a photo opportunity just ask you what your opinions are. we're reaching out to all parties on whatever side of this debate you fall. b
two views of that option-- one the obama administration says it may consider. >> ifill: ray suarez has the story of playful robots given a very serious mission: helping people with special needs from elderly adults to autistic children. >> this kind of a tool might be an interesting way to bridge the gap, pull ch
complex. >> apparently. i have been completely befuddled by the obama administration's approach to this. i've always really wanted to know what are the politics that we're not seeing that led them to go after all of the dispensaries in california. >> john: let's assume it was re-election. >> i don't believe it was. >> john: now that he's got the gig, he suggested he would revisit american drug policy in his second term. do you think there is any chance a sane approach will be taken? >> no. because there are so many other things that will be on his agenda. he's not getting to this. but that does not explain why -- he made the statement at the beginning, this was not a big deal to him. he was going to leave it alone. i was in california. you were in california. they went right after this. i want to know why. there is an answer to this. we've never found out what it is. >> john: if you believe in state's rights but still support the drug war you must be high. i need to have some positive news here. i want to bring up a good story i heard this week. a court decided today that lgbt troops disch
. let's get you up-to-date with our top stories. >> obama administration and nra are one day away from a gun control showdown. >>> rush limbaugh is speaking out against what he calls a liberal attempt to normalize pedophilia. the conservative radio host says it could be the next step for those who support gay marriage. >> there is a movement on to normalize pedophilia and i guarantee you your reaction to that is probably much the same when you first heard about gay marriage. what has happened to gay marriage? it's become normal and in fact with certain people in certain demographics, it's the most important issue in terms of who they vote for. >> limbaugh cited a column that quotes academic researchers who claim pedophilia is a distinct sexual orientation. and limbaugh says the media went easy on the elmo puppeteer who lost his job after several men came forward saying they had sexual relationships with clash when they were teens. >>> big changes to facebook. the social media giant debuting new apps and revamped the mobile facebook site. the news feed now provides the same sorting opti
the message chuck hagel has been sending for years on this. the obama administration has been pretty tough on iran behind the scenes. hagel has been consistent himself, saying look, we cannot allow a nuclear iran, war should not be our first choice, and that also is consistent with the president. the president began by thinking perhaps he could negotiate more with ahmadinejad than has proven to be the case. he's evolved on this issue. my guess is chuck hagel as secretary of defense will reflect that evolution. >> there's one other thing i want to ask you each about. this is relevant -- well, we'll ask you whether you think it's relevant in terms of timing. in terms of topic i think this is relevant. the number of sexual assaults in the military each year is about 19,000. it is a serious issue. there are women in the military now and in 1996, when running for senate, the literature from chuck hagel reportedly said quote, i am pro-life with one exception, the life of the mother. now, who knows, people agree and disagree with that. i'm simply curious about democrats are not noticing that, tal
. well, this is an appropriate day, talk about regulating the disaster because last night president obama promised once more to develop the entity sources of the future. now, when any administration, republican or democrat, decides to develop energy projects, taxpayers had better watch out. governments get in the business of picking winners and losers which leads to cronyism and wasted taxpayer dollars. this is a question of industrial policy. whether the government should support business in new technologies that are unable to secure private funding. government appears to be worse at this and private, from the records we have over the past five years. in contrast, industries in california in may, mitt romney said, quote, the president doesn't understand when you invest like that in one solar energy company, it makes it harder for solar technology generally, because the scores of other entrepreneurs in the solar field suddenly lost the opportunity to get capital. who wants to put money into a solar company when the government puts half-billion into one of its choice? excellent question. a
is going to pay them? the obama administration is not likely to cut and run. you see signs in the press to get down to a lower level. level of 6000 is around. if that was to take place, under the afghan security forces operate without the support in forms of air, logistics, and pay, especially when virtually every nato country wants to get out as quickly as possible? we could see a quicker decline in western presence in 2013, rather than 2014. >> would you like to discuss that first? >> this is a legitimate concern. in fact, our defense minister is in town today at the pentagon, discussing some of these issues. he has come with a detailed list of the enablers the afghan national army needs, including, as you mentioned, long-range artillery and intelligence- gathering capabilities. fixed-wing and rotary aircraft for transportation. we have been completely dependent for all of these things on nato and our other friends and allies. again, a lot of these equipments are not as expensive as conducting these operations with nato in afghanistan. if there is a political will, it is doable. the s
an unimportant factor but the obama administration is reaching out to jewish groups to get his nomination. do you think statements related to israel are going to pose a problem for him? >> i don't know. i think it will cause some problems yes. it will probably lose him some votes, but i have been under the spotlight a lot less in my life than you have or senator hagel and i have had things come out not quite right, and the question is whether he would have israel's back as defense secretary. and i would like to hear some details on if he would. i think israel does need to rethink it's settlements policy but he would not have a big role in those decisions anyway. he has to help israel's military be strong enough to defend their security. >> jennifer: there was another important nomination today which was john brennan being nominated to head the cia. your take on him given his criticism on the use of interrogation techniques. >> i think he'll get a knew criticisms from the left but these will be from democrats who don't want to see president obama's nomination defeated. and br
administration has stepped up the use of drones overseas to target suspected terrorists. president obama's nomination of john brennan to be the next cia director suggests that trend is likely to continue. brennan, a strong proponent of drones as the president's chief counterterrorism advisor. for more on how the u.s. drone program works let's get to chief washington correspondent james rosen. he is live for us at the state department. james? >> reporter: jon, good morning. this program presents a consistent headache for the diplomats in this building and who must frequently contend with complaints from afghan and pakistani officials who say these drones all too often wind up killing innocent civilians instead of terrorists the drone program is one of the national security initiatives that president obama inherited from the bush administration and one which the current commander-in-chief has dramatically expanded. for all his criticism of president bush during the 2008 campaign over his conduct of the war on terror president obama has largely kept in place if not enhanced the architecture
to succeed timothy geithner as treasury secretary. lew's already part of the obama administration. he is currently the white house chief of staff. he was also budget director during the obama and clinton administrations. now if lew is confirmed, you may be thrown for a loop when you look at a five or ten-dollar bill literally. look at this sort of a doodle here. believe it or not, this is lew's signature. the treasury secretary's signature appears on the front of paper money, as we know. you could very well see that on newly printed money. perhaps, though, he'll take the lead from his predecessor, timothy geithner's signature was a tad bit messy, you see there. he cleaned it up when he became treasury secretary. >>> the president also looking for a new labor secretary. hilda solis resigned yesterday. she will likely return home to california and run for a seat on the los angeles county board of supervisors. three cabinet members will stay on the job for the president's second term. they are attorney general eric holder, health and human services secretary kathd lean sebelius -- kathle
report. i'm amy goodman. the obama administration is reportedly preparing to unveil a new push for immigration reform in the coming months. according to the new york times, president obama will ask congress to approve measures including a new path to citizenship for some of 11 million undocumented people currently in the united states, as well as a guest worker program for low-wage immigrant workers. a bipartisan group of senators is working on a comprehensive bill that could be introduced as early as march. the administration is backing eventual citizenship after deporting more than 400,000 undocumented people in the 2012 fiscal year, the largest number in u.s. history. a number of civilians have been killed in an explosion that followed a u.s.-led nato raid in afghanistan. the victims reportedly died as they tried to collect the bodies of taliban fighters who have been killed in a firefight with u.s. troops around a mosque. it is not clear what caused the explosion as the fighters had already been shot dead when the blast occurred. estimates of the civilian death toll stand b
the obama administration is coming for their guns? cnn national political correspondent jim acosta has been looking into that. and this is something that has spanned the obama administration. you hear from so many gun owners who say, he's going to take our guns away. he says no. >> we've been hearing this for year, joe. you've been to these gun stores, i've been to these gun stores. the president addressed this fear today in his news conference and he accused the gun industry of trying to exploit it. take a look inside any firearms shop these days and it's clear nothing sells guns like the fear of gun control. >> every time the president or senator feinstein comes out and talks about restricting second amendment rights of u.s. citizens, the phone rings off the hooshk, the line goes out t door. gun sales skyrocket. >> reporter: just outside the nation's capital in virginia, the ar-15 assault-style rifle is not the only item hard to keep in stock. high capacity magazines are selling fast too. the store's website warns customers last chance, due to uncertainty of obama's potential unilateral a
to the left of cuomo in new york because he wants to run for president in 2016. eric, former obama administration official rosa brooks, and our legal analyst, paul cowin. martin o'malley not the only politician who has 2016 ambitions who is stepping out in the gun law fray. louisiana republican governor bobby jindal wants a law to keep guns away from the mentally ill. how much is this push really about positioning for 2016? >> i think some of it definitely is about 2016. some of it is they want to be doing something. they hope if they're seen as doing something now, by 2016, the particulars may be forgotten, particularly by gun rights advocates and a lot in the democratic party as well as the republican party. they'll look at them as doing something. i don't think we should downplay that a lot of democrats for a long time have wanted to do something about guns. with the incident in sandy hook and this past summer's incident in colorado, they feel they have momentum on their side. >> house minority leader anthony o'donnell is from the eastern shore of the state. that's where i grew
of republican senators attacking him for his position on gays. >> did anyone seriously think the obama administration because it has chuck hagel there is not committed -- >> chuck schumer has been very, very tepid in his support for him. >> because chuck schumer, on these types of middle east questions, is closer to lindsay graham and john mccain than he is to in many ways to barack obama. >> many senators, democrats and republicans, are further away than chuck hagel than many senators are. >> how many people agree with your point of view is not the judge of your point of view's validity. many people were wrong about critical decisions. this is what frustrates me when people say chuck hagel is out of the mainstream. the people in congress who had the good sense to raise questions about the iraq war were right. >> and to have a guy who doesn't seem beholden to a particular party, he seems to be open to ideas as opposed to kind of party loyalty, which is more like most americans are. >> i think that's what president obama is going for. look, he's a republican. i'll have a diverse cabinet
seriously think the obama administration because it has chuck hagel there is not committed -- >> it is not just republicans is what i am saying. chuck schumer has been very step i had in his support for him. >> because chuck schumer, on these types of middle east questions, is closer to lindsay graham and john mccain than he is to in many ways to barack obama. >> many senators, democrats and republicans, are further away than chuck hagel than many senators are. >> how many people agree with your point of view is not the test of that point of view's validity. it turns out in this case most people were wrong in very big ways about critical decisions that costs the u.s. this is what frustrates me when people say chuck hagel is out of the mainstream. the people in congress who had the good sense to oppose the iraq war and raise questions, and darn right, i actually want that in a secretary of defense. >> and to have a guy who doesn't seem beholden to a particular party, he seems to be open to ideas as opposed to kind of party loyalty, which is more like most americans are. >> i
in the obama administration. he has the president's absolute trust. he is a very talented cia -- host: what you think the impact has been on the cia? guest: david petraeus is a genuine american hero. i do not condone what he did. the president had the right to accept his resignation. having anyone leave abruptly causes dislocation in an institution. he stepped into the shoes of the director and i think manage things very well. a lot of the policies started by david petraeus will be continued. one is to take a look at women in the cia. there was a committee that david petraeus started and it was under way when he resigned. host: that brings up a headline in "the washington post." guest: as i said numerous times, security is a women's issue. we are lionesses. we are well qualified to sit and any policy table anywhere. many women are. nobody missed the groundswell for the secretary of defense. there are lots of qualified women. four women head the 16 intelligence agencies now. there has never been a woman as head of the cia. i do not see a barrier that a woman cannot meet or overcome. i would hope
, but with the re-election of the obama administration it would seem it's pretty much off the table, you know, the five-year plan is already done for offshore. they don't seem to be showing any movement toward expanding ax excess. is there a deal that could be made there? how would it happen? >> well, a lot of questions there. let me try to remember them all and respond accordingly. first of all, there's lot of opportunity to change policy to encourage the development of u.s. resource. it doesn't have to occur within the administration. the lands act authority in the administration the congress could act. there is already -- talking about need to expand the potential opportunity. you have bipartisan support in the state of virginia, you have talk up-and-down the south atlantic and potential opportunity to look in the area, to develop the resources. you see the new chairman of the energy committee who is talking about a revenuing sharing proposal very early on with senator mor cow sky. these are significant shifts in policy that would allow for the responsible development of the nation's oil a
administration official says, vice president joe biden will hold a series of meetings with stakeholders in the gun debate. president obama appointed biden to lead an effort to curb gun violence that was after the tragedy in newtown, connecticut. >>> the president is facing a contentious battle over his two latest nominations for cabinet posts. he tapped former republican senator chuck hagel for defense secretary. and anti-terrorism chief john brennan for cia director. controversy surrounds hagel because of opposition to troop surges in iraq and afghanistan, and some of his positions on israel. the president cited one main reason for both of his picks. >> my number one criteria in making these decisions was simple, who is going to do the best job in securing america? these two leaders have dedicated their lives to protecting our country. i'm confident they will do an outstanding job. i urge the senate to confirm them as soon as possible so we can keep our nation secure and the american people safe. >> now, there's something to be said for how a president picks cabinet nominees, cabinet s
've seen in the first term. in fact, many would say that the obama administration's foreign policy have been one of its most successful areas. he was long fit for this post, kerry, that is. >> you have set this up on raising the debt ceiling, wider agreement over getting any kind of grand bargain. where do we now go? he has his new team. >> not yet. they need to be confirmed. >> they need to be confirmed, obviously, but as we head towards a debt ceiling which has to be raised by the middle of february, effectively. >> there are quite a few new seens to do with the budget, continuing resolutions, sequestration only postponed. all of this is exactly what we expected at year-end. so the fiscal cliff was so 2012, 2013 is all about the budget. more or less, you've got the same actors in place making the decisions in congress and in the white house. jack lew is himself a washington insider. he's well known to congress and he's there to shepherd the process along. he's not got the wall street experience that a lot of people on the street might be hoping for. but he really knows how to move the
background checks. >>> and the debt ceiling debate is heating up, as well, with the obama administration insisting it won't negotiate with republicans on raising the ceiling. the white house says congress can either pay its bills or it can put the nation into default. reports suggest the government can run out of action to pay those bills as early as mid february. >>> and the creators of south park are setting up their own production studio. they've secured $2 million to set up a company called important stud wrote. the new studio will incorporate revenue from south park and the hit broadway play "the book of mormons." >>> and the ftse 100 closed up with a fresh 4 1/2 low on friday. we had a pupil by another market. but today, the xetra dax, cac 40 and the ibex, as well. shaking off that production data. take a look at what's on today's agenda in the u.s. fed chief ben bernanke will be speaking at the university of michigan later on. he'll discuss monetary policy, recovery from the financial crisis and is long-term challenges facing the u.s. economy. bernanke's xhnts will set the tone fo
the obama administration's done a good job with the rebalancing on most of the aspects to it. they've done a lot of little things, and they tie them together with some good rhetoric and diplomacy. but the individual pieces of rebalancing are actually quite modest. and i'm glad for that, because i don't want to see us go towards excessive confrontation. in the sense that i think we have very strong allies in the region, we have a lot of economic b and strategic strengths that china does not have, for example, our population trajectory, for example the opennesses of our political system sw what that does to make the investment economy a haven for dollars. there are a lot of ways you can go down the list, and when you compare the two countries, you see a lot of american strengths that are enduring, and when you with mention our allies on top of that -- which dick did earlier -- there's no particular reason for us to think that we need to shrink back. but i would worry a lot about potential disputes that are unnecessary over issues like the islands. and let me give you one very concrete exampl
think the analogy to the food stamp issue that we pursued with the obama administration where we asked him to test and expand the project where we limited use of the food stamp benefits for products that were clearly unhealthy and contributed the obesity problem and contributed to higher health care costs, was really more about health care and more about a health problem than about a sort of concerted and premeditated desire to influence people's behavior. the mayor is very devoted and very committed to policy that improves the health outcomes for families and people in the city of new. this is something that he absolutely believed in and fought hard for. fortunately, the president, secretary of agriculture said no, it wasn't something they wanted to test. or even experiment with to be able to work. but i don't know that, at least from the bloomberg administration, that that carries for to many, many other ways. we definitely want to encourage work. we think work is a key part of an individuals life and livelihood in the city and they ought to be a prerequisite to receiving public assi
of the facto national policy than the nasa strategic plan. the obama administration's stimulus program was greater than nasa's budget. the united states sent humans to the moon, built and operated a space shuttle, explore the solar system, and contributed a share of the international space station for less than the cost of the american recovery and reinvestment act. into a's environment, but seeming discretionary expenditure for civil space exploration will be challenging unless there is a clear rationale linking such efforts to broader national interest can be supported in a bipartisan manner over many years. but hope to convey is that while nasa faces challenges, a way forward exists to put the agency on a more stable and sustainable foundation. . [captions copyright national cable satellite corp. 2013] [captioning performed by national captioning institute] >> so we should punish them for the fact that they have been honoring and paying appropriately so when we go through and provide principal reduction and say you have been a good guy so you don't -- >> i'm not saying we're going t
the messiness. help us understand the choices that the obama administration make and how you think out to deal with this. >> it's good to be here. i want to thank brookings and appreciating her with angel and michael. this whole thing reminds me of the story, i'm just a country lawyer from colorado, but the story of the guy who prayed to win the lottery ticket. he just wanted to win the lottery over and over again, and he was constantly asking the lord, would you help me? would you out of? i've lived a good life. i've never asked you for very much, and years went by come he never won the lottery. finally, he is down on his knees, help me, i need this money so badly. finally, the clouds part and a voice comes down from heaven, why don't you meet me halfway and just buy a ticket? >> guest: colorado and washington just wanted to get. about a ticket to the slaughter. now we have to figure out is this a can of lottery that will be good or bad. if you don't like lotteries, i respect some people don't like them at all, can this be a less bad lottery than it otherwise might be? think about the winners
. who is going to pay them? the obama administration is not likely to cut and run. you see signs in the press to get down to a lower level. level of 6000 is around. if that was to take place, under the afghan security forces operate without the support in forms of air, logistics, and pay, especially when virtually every nato country wants to get out as quickly as possible? we could see a quicker decline in western presence in 2013, rather than 2014. >> would you like to discuss that first? >> this is a legitimate concern. in fact, our defense minister is in town today at the pentagon, discussing some of these issues. he has come with a detailed list of the enablers the afghan national army needs, including, as you mentioned, long-range artillery and intelligence- gathering capabilities. fixed-wing and rotary aircraft for transportation. we have been completely dependent for all of these things on nato and our other friends and allies. again, a lot of these equipments are not as expensive as conducting these operations with nato in afghanistan. if there is a political will, it is
, is the obama administration is likely not to cut and run but cut and walk. you see these signs in the press right now to get down to a lower and lower level. the number 6,000 is around but if those take place how does the afghan security forces really operate without the support it needs in terms of air, in terms of fire, in terms of pay? special whenever nato country wants out as quickly as possible. we could see a quicker decline of western presence in 2013 rather than 2014. >> would you like to discuss that? >> this is a legitimate concern. he has come with a detailed list enablers that the afghan army needs, including what you mention of long-range artillery. and aircrafts because we've been dependent on these things from our friends a and all lies. again, a lot of these things are not as expensive as conducting the operation as nato in afghanistan. if there is a political world it is doable. same thing as the salaries of the afghanistan national army, a significant number considering the afghan economy. but for the withdrawal of each international troop from afghanistan, we can maintai
on this administration. and president obama saying that we don't have a spending problem. we have a spending problem in this nation. we have a deficit spending problem. that's where we have to start getting it under control. this debate is not going away. >> we've heard all of the, bumper stickers, let me bring you balk to my example of february 15th. we have $52 billion in committed spending. there isn't a chest of money sitting around for all the extra stuff. i've got a list, interest, which is the one you're talking, about the biggest parks $30 billion. we're talking in nine. we have 30 in interest. you've said there are other ways to handle that. you've got tax refunds, 6.6 billion. federal salaries 3.5 billion. military pay, 2.7 billion. medicare, medicaid, 3.2 billion. defense vendors, which one are you cutting, sir? >> ali, you're taking a look at one day's -- >> i could pick any day. >> let's take a look at a year. in a year we'll get about 2.5 droin worth of tax revenue. last year we spent 3.5 trillion. if you actually utilized the social security trust fund to make the social security paym
day meeting with president obama that starts next week. >> so sobering news from the national oceanic and atmospheric administration. 2012 was the hottest year on record in the lower 48 states. with an average temperature at 55.3 degrees. now that shattered the previous record set in 1998 by a full degree while the majority of the country saw above average temperatures including las vegas and boise, cities like los angeles and seattle saw below average readings. 2012 was the second worst year for extreme weather events. human activity especially the burning of fossil fuels is contributing to changes in the u.s. climate. >>> today, the debate over what to do over gun violence continues in washington with the launch of vice president's biden's task force. yesterday, gabrielle giffords marked the two-year anniversary of the shooting which she narrowly survived by joining the call for more action. nbc's tracie potts joins us live with the details. tracie, good morning. >> reporter: richard, good morning. congresswoman giffords marking the occasion with a push for gun safety. she's going a
the debt ceiling to impose that spending discipline on this administration. face it, president obama is saying we don't have a spending problem. we have a spending problem, this nation. we have a deficit spending problem. >> right. >> we should be doing this incrementally. this is this debate is not going away. >> we've heard both sides, bumper stickers. back to my example of february the 15th. we had $52 billion in committed spending, $9 billion in money we're taking in. by the way, there isn't a chest of money sitting around for the extra stuff. i have a list there. interest, the biggest part. $30 billion. taking in $9 billion, have $30 billion in interest. you say there are other ways to handle that. tax refunds, federal salaries, military pay, $2.7 billion, medicare and med cape $2.3 billion, defense vendors, $1.5 billion, other stuff $4.4 billion. which one are you cutting, sir? >> you're taking a look at one day's -- >> i could pick any day. >> let's take a look at the year. in a year we will get about $2.5 trillion wortth of tax revenue. last year we spent $3.5 trillion. if yo
because liberals did not think he had done enough to dissociate himself from the bush administration interrogation policies. now this nomination and not of chuck hagel are going to raise new questions of the direction in which president obama wants to take the nation on national security. >> chuck hagel is sure to face opposition in his bid to become the new secretary of defense. >> at the end of the day, after an appropriate amount of questioning, and with the appropriate answers, he will be voted out by the committee and voted for the job by the united states senate. >> tell us a bit more about what goes to war against him, why they're against it. >> -- what those who are against them, why they are against him. >> some have caused him to have to apologize for the statements. he has been insensitive to the gay lesbian and transvestite community with a comment he made about a proposed selection a few years ago. of course, there are some who believe he is not strong enough behind the state of israel in terms of protecting its from iran. >> is a likely to do anything different to bring
to be the policies of this administration as long as president obama is in office. so, again, i think you've seen what senator hagel said about this, and the president is very confident that senator hagel will be confirmed and that he will be an excellent secretary of defense and will implement all of the president's policies with regards to the defense department. let me move around here. chuck. >> following up on debt ceiling, i know your position hasn't changed on the 14th amendment. do you guys have a position on this trillion-dollar coin business? >> i would simply go back to what i said. the option here is for congress to do its job and pay its bills -- bills that have already been racked up. we saw what happened last summer, the summer of 2011, when congress flirted with the idea of default, didn't even go all the way to default and yet the impact on our economy was severe, the impact on average americans was severe. we had the lowest job creation in the month of august of 2011 of any month during the recovery, and the reason is because of what house republicans did that summer. now, we ca
served two terms as a u.s. senator from nebraska and served as deputy administrator of the veterans administration. plus he's a republican nominated by a democrat, so it sounds pretty perfect, right? today, president obama told the nation why he loved chuck hagel. >> in the senate, i came to admire his courage and his judgment, his willingness to speak his mind, even if it wasn't popular. even if it defied the conventional wisdom. >> his willingness to speak his mind, no, is part of what's getting him in trouble with members of both parties. david frum is with us and also with us doug wilson, form pentagon senior spokesman for president obama. he has been criticized for using the term jewish lobby. he used it in a 2006 interview and here is what he said, quote, the political reality is that the jewish lobby intimidates a lot of people up here. i have always argued against the dumb things they do because i don't think it is in the interest of israel. i just don't think it is smart for israel. some say chuck hagel owes an apology for that. after all, not all jews support what israel d
's also a 25-year cia veteran. president obama considered nominating brennan for the job four years but brennan withdrew his name after being criticized during the bush administration. >>> 49ers fans are ready. in a couple of hours tickets go on sale for saturday's big playoff games against the green bay packers. but knows tickets will not be easy to get. ryan flores is live in san francisco. any idea how many tickets are up for grabs, ryan? >> reporter: very few, dave. very few. that's the latest we're hearing from the team. if you are a 49ers' fan you are probably hoping this week goes by fast because you are looking forward to the game and it was messed to be an -- it's expected to be an amazing game and aaron rodgers is coming back. colin kaepernick. tickets, yes, they will be hard to come by. the team announced that a very limited amount of tickets will be available at 10:00 a.m. this morning. if you are hoping to get those tickets, you know, make sure you have a strong internet connection or a good phone line because the only way you will be able to get the tickets is through
. >> is it possible there won't be a single u.s. troop on afghan soil by the end of next year? the administration considering leaving behind 15,000 troops, but now the president is open to ays scenario that involves a tol pullout. afghan president hamm i had karzai and president obama meet friday in washington. >>> history made this year at the presidential inauguration. richard blanco will serve as the inauguration poet. he is the youngest and first latino. beyonce, kelly clarkson and james taylor will be musical guests. tune in to cnn for special coverage. live on the mall starting at 5:00 a.m. that day. january 22nd may be the day that hillary clinton testifies on the deadly attack in benghazi. she returned to work after being sidelined for weeks by illness. she is open to testify before she leaves her post. >>> hugo chavez' inauguration was scheduled to happen tomorrow, but treatment for cancer and a severe lung infection will keep him in cuba. does the constitutional lou the inauguration to be delayed? who is president in the meantime? an opposition leader is asking the high court if an inau
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